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Three Acrobats on a Unicycle

1957 Chaim Gross Born: Wolowa, Austria 1904 Died: New York, New York 1991 Fonderia Nicci (Founder) bronze 76 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (194.3 x 36.8 x 36.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chaim and Renee Gross 1969.172 Smithsonian American Art Museum
1st Floor, South Wing


Luce Center Quote

"Summer days meant happy times . . . watching the magic circus that came to town once a year. The colorful circus decorations and performances of the acrobats made so deep an impression that it later greatly influenced my work." The artist, in his book The Technique of Wood Sculpture, 1965

Luce Center Label

Over one quarter of Chaim Gross's sculptures are of acrobats and are based on the itinerant performers he saw as a child. Gross put his figures in nearly impossible physical positions because he believed that stacking more than two on top of one another offered more possibilities for interesting silhouettes and compositions. The stocky, muscular athletes in Three Acrobats on a Unicycle together create the illusion of a spire lifting weightlessly into the air.

Keywords

Figure group - female

Performing arts - circus - acrobat

sculpture

metal - bronze

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About Chaim Gross

Born: Wolowa, Austria 1904 Died: New York, New York 1991

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